Sunday, May 19, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending May 18, 2019)

To go along with the release of their new album, I Am Easy to Find, The National released a short film of the same name. The films stars Alicia Vikander and was directed by Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners, Thumbsucker). It's an incredible film following a single character through her life and is, of course, accompanied by the music from the album.

As always, you can view a more complete list of upcoming albums over at my Upcoming Releases page!

With a combination of vacation, work, and just trying to find leisure time in-between, I am a few weeks behind on this post. So, instead of highlighting one release in particular, I'll just share the full list below.

Some releases that I am looking forward to include The Black Keys, Bleached, Daughter of Swords (Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man), Ra Ra Riot, and Steve Lacy!

Announced over the last month:

Absolutely Free - Geneva Freeport (June 20)
Africa Express - EGOLI (July 12)
BEAK> - Life Goes On (June 21)
Beast Coast - Escape from New York (May 24)
The Black Keys - Let’s Rock (June 28)
black midi - Schlagenheim (June 21)
Bleached - Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? (July 12)
Bob Dylan - Rolling Thunder Revue (June 7)
Brian Eno - Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks - Remastered (July 19)
Dark Morph - Dark Morph (out now)
Daughter of Swords - Dawnbreaker (June 28)
David Bowie - The Mercury Demos (June 28)
Everything But the Girl - Amplified Heart Vinyl Reissue (July 5)
Gauche - A People’s History of Gauche (July 12)
Georgia Anne Muldrow - VWETO II (June 21)
Girlfriend Material - Cool Car (July 12)
Iggy Pop - Zombie Birdhouse Reissue (June 28)
iLoveMakonnen - M3 (June 21)
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures 40th Anniversary (June 14)
Logic - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (out now)
Mark Kozelek with Petra Haden - Joey Always Smiled (October 11)
Mark Lanegan Band - Somebody’s Knocking (October 18)
Merival - Lesson (August 2)
METZ - Automat (July 12)
New Order - ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes... (July 12)
Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds - Black Star Dancing (June 14)
Of Monsters and Men - Fever Dream (July 26)
Prince - Originals (June 7)
Ra Ra Riot - Superbloom (August 9)
Rhye - Spirit (out now)
Ride - This Is Not a Safe Place (August 16)
Richard Reed Parry - Quiet River of Dust Vol. 2 (June 21)
Roger Daltrey - The Who’s Tommy Orchestral (June 14)
The Rolling Stones - Rock and Roll Circus Remastered (June 7)
Skepta - Ignorance Is Bliss (May 31)
Steve Lacy - Apollo XXI (May 24)
Thurston Moore Group - Spirit Counsel (September 21)
Tool - TBA (August 30)
Two Door Cinema Club - False Alarm (June 14)
Tycho - Weather (July 12)
Tyler, The Creator - IGOR (May 17)
Violent Femmes - Hotel Last Resort (July 26)
Willie Nelson - Ride Me Back Home (June 21)
Wu Tang Clan - Of Mics and Men (out now)

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending April 20, 2019)

fka twigs recently announced a 10-city tour. While, of course, none of the dates are anywhere near me, a tour is a decent indication that new music is on the way. It's been five years since her incredible LP1. If a new album is announced, look for it on my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Beyoncé announced and released a live album, Homecoming.

Homecoming was recorded at Coachella, where Beyoncé put on a massive set as the festival's 2018 headliner. Her set featured a marching band, step team, her Destiny's Child bandmates, and her sister Solange.

Netflix recently dropped a documentary covering her Coachella performance, also called Homecoming. That is available to stream now if you have Netflix (or access to someone's account).

Homecoming is out now.

Also announced this week:

Flying Lotus - Flamagra (May 24)
Kevin Abstract - Ghettobaby (out now)
Matt Martians - The Last Party (April 26)
ScHoolboy Q - CrasH Talk (April 26)
The Soft Cavalry - The Soft Cavalry (July 5)
YG - 4REAL 4REAL (May 3)

New Music Friday - April 5, 2019

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Fémina - Perlas & Conchas

Fémina are a hip hop and folk trio from Argentina. They got their start, and their name, with the realization that there wasn't much female representation in their music scene. Their third album includes a feature from Iggy Pop.

Watch: "Resist" (featuring Iggy Pop)
Watch: "Plumas"

Ioanna Gika - Thalassa

Ioanna Gika is the frontwoman for the indie band Io echo, who have been releasing music since 2010. This is her first record as a solo artist.

Watch: "Out of Focus"
Watch: "Roseate"

Khalid - Free Spirit

Khalid came onto the scene at 18 years old with the song "Location." He released his debut album, American Teen, a year later in 2017. He's already had several hits, and looks to be continuing that success on this record, with lead single "Talk" performing well on the charts.

Watch: "Talk"
Watch: "Free Spirit"

Priests - The Seduction of Kansas

Priests is a post-punk band out of DC who released their debut album, Nothing Feels Natural, in 2017. The recorded their follow-up with celebrated  produced John Congleton.

Watch: "Good Time Charlie"
Watch: "Jesus’ Son"

Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

Titanic Rising is the fourth album from this artist, also known as Natalie Mering, and follows her spectacular 2016 album, Front Row Seat to Earth. Her baroque pop leanings are on full display on this record, and in the self-directed video for "Everyday."

Watch: "Andromeda"
Watch: "Everyday"

Other Full-Length Releases

Charlotte Cornfield - The Shape of Your Name

Watch: "Andrew"
Watch: "Silver Civic"

Control Top - Covert Contracts

Listen: "Chain Reaction"
Listen: "Covert Contracts"

Dessner-Labèque - El Chan

Listen: "3. Four Winds"
Listen: "Haven"

The Drums - Brutalism

Watch: "Body Chemistry"
Listen: "626 Bedford Avenue"

Guided By Voices - Warp and Woof

Listen: "Angelic Weirdness"
Listen: "Cohesive Scoops"

Patio - Essentials

Listen: "Boy Scout"
Listen: "New Reality"

PUP - Morbid Stuff

Watch: "Kids"
Watch: "Free at Last"

Ratso - Stubborn Heart

Listen: "Our Lady of Light" (featuring Nick Cave)
Listen: "I Want Everything" (featuring Yasmine Hamdan)

Rose Elinor Dougall - A New Illusion

Listen: "First Sign"
Listen: "Take What You Can Get"

Rozi Plain - What a Boost

Watch: "Symmetrical"
Watch: "Conditions"

Shana Cleveland - Night of the Worm Moon

Watch: "Face of the Sun"
Watch: "Don’t Let Me Sleep"

Sonny & The Sunsets - Hairdressers from Heaven

Watch: "Hairdressers from Heaven"
Listen: "A Bigger Picture"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

High Life (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Watch: tindersticks - "Willow" (featuring Robert Pattison)
Listen: stuart A. staples - "The Yellow Light"

New Order - Movement Definitive Edition

Listen: "Mesh" (Cargo Demo)
Listen: "Homage" (Western Works Demo)

Partner - Saturday the 14th

Watch: "Long & McQuade"
Listen: "Les ailes d'un ange"

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending April 13, 2019)

The Coachella music festival is currently going on and, as part of his set, Childish Gambino released a new short film, Guava Island, filmed with Rihanna. Maybe we can also get a collaborative album from the two... that would be pretty awesome. On the off-chance something like that ever happens, be sure to look for it over on my Upcoming Releases page!

A couple of weeks ago, The Raconteurs announced their third album, Help Us Stranger.

The Raconteurs are one of Jack White's many non-White Stripes projects. He is joined in the band by The Greenhornes' Patrick Keeler (also of The Afghan Whigs) and Jack Lawrence, and Brendan Benson, who is primarily known as a solo artist.

White fairly reliably cycles through his various projects (save for The White Stripes) when releasing new material. We got a solo record in 2014, an album from The Dead Weather in 2015, and another solo record in 2018.

It's The Raconteurs turn now, with a new record announced on April 2. A few songs from the record have already been released, including a cover of Donovan's "Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)."

Help Us Stranger is set for release on June 21.

Also recently announced:

Aurora - A Different Kind of Human (June 7)
Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated (May 17)
Charlie Cunningham - Permanent Way (June 7)
Crumb - Jinx (June 14)
Hayden Thorpe - Diviner (May 24)
Holy Ghost! - Work (June 21)
Hot Chip - A Bathful of Ecstasy (June 21)
Julia Shapiro - Perfect Version (June 14)
The Lumineers - III (September 13)
Mark Ronson - Late Night Feelings (June 21)
Nearly Oratorio - A Comforting Fact (May 24)
Olden Yolk - Living Theatre (May 17)
Omar Apollo - Friends (out now)
Operators - Radiant Dawn (May)
Palehound - Black Friday (June 7)
Thee Oh Sees - Thee Hounds of Foggy Nation Reissue (May 24)
Titus Andronicus - An Obelisk (June 21)
Yeasayer - Erotic Returns (June 7)
Yohuna - Mirroring (June 7)
Zomby - Vanta (May 17)

Monday, April 1, 2019

New Music Friday - March 29, 2019

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Billie Eilish - When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

She may be 17, but Eilish has already been making a big splash over the past couple of years. She released her debut, don't smile at me, in 2017, which topped the U.S. alternative chart. It's early to say, but her follow-up may easily outperform on the charts, having already broken records to pre-adds on Apple Music!

Watch: "bury a friend"
Watch: "when the party's over"

Brutus - Nest

The pre-released singles for this album hit me hard and started a weeks-long obsession with this post-metal band from Belgium. I've spent that time listening to their debut, Burst, and playing "War" on repeat. I am beyond excited for this follow-up release and see it as an early contender for one of my favorites for the year!

Watch: "Cemetery"
Listen: "War"

Lion Babe - Cosmic Wind

Cosmic Wind is the second album from this duo of Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman, following 2016's Begin. This sees them parting ways with Interscope Records, with a self-released album featuring Leikeli47, Bilal, and Raekwon.

Watch: "The Wave" (featuring Leikeli47)
Watch: "Western World" (featuring Raekwon)

Marvin Gaye - You’re the Man

You're the Man is Gaye's first posthumous album since 1997's Vulnerable and was initially intended as a follow-up to What's Going On, though many of the songs have seen release on prior compilations. The album also includes a few new mixes of Gaye's songs, courtesy of Salaam Remi.

Listen: "You Are That Special One"
Listen: "Woman of the World"

Mdou Moctar - Ilana

Mdou Moctar is a Tuareg singer from Niger. He, along with Bombino and Tinariwen, has been an instrumental artist in the combination of traditional Tuareg music with modern pop and rock. He began his career in 2008 with Anar. Ilana is his fifth album.

Listen: "Kamane Tarhanin"
Listen: "Wiwasharnine"

Other Full-Length Releases

Beth Gibbons & the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra - Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)

Listen: "I. Lento—Sostenuto tranquillo ma cantabila"

C Duncan - Health

Watch: "Impossible"
Watch: "Health"

Chris Cohen - Chris Cohen

Watch: "Green Eyes"
Watch: "Sweet William"

Fennesz - Agora

Listen: "In My Room"
Listen: "We Trigger the Sun"

Good Cop Bad Cap - Good Cop Bad Cop

Watch: "Silk & Leather"
Listen: "When You’re Not Winning"

K Á R Y Y N - The Quanta Series

Listen: "EVER"
Listen: "YAJNA"

Laura Stevenson - The Big Freeze

Listen: "Dermatillomania"
Listen: "Living Room, NY"

Phil Cook - As Far As I Can See

Listen: "As Far As I Can See"
Listen: "If I Had a Needle and Thread"

Real Life Buildings - Ohio and West

Listen: "Bitter"
Listen: "An Expectation"

Quelle Chris - Guns

Watch: "Obamacare"
Listen: "Guns"

Show Me the Body - Dog Whistle

Watch: "Camp Orchestra"
Watch: "Madonna Rocket"


Watch: "Ar.Mour" (featuring Elliott Power, & Miink)
Listen: "The Other Side" (featuring Tom Smith)

White Denim - Side Effects

Listen: "Shanalala"
Listen: "NY Money"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Hanna: Season 1 - Music from the Amazon Original Series

Listen: Karen O - "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
Listen: Geoff Barrow - "The Ghost of Her Mother"

John Frusciante - The Empyrean Reissue

Listen: "Unreachable"
Listen: "Central"

Keith Richards - Talk Is Cheap Reissue

Watch: "My Babe"
Watch: "Take It So Hard"

Liela Moss - A Little Bit of Rain

Listen: "I Can’t Stand the Rain"
Listen: "Here Comes the Rain Again"

Ty Segall - Deforming Lobes

Listen: "Love Fuzz"

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending March 30)

There were some exciting inductions this year to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including The Cure, The Zombies, Radiohead, Janet Jackson (who called for more women to be inducted), and Stevie Nicks (who is the first woman to be inducted twice)! Most of the new inductees' careers are still going strong, so we can look forward to more new music from them. The Cure is already teasing their next record!

When that is announced, be sure to look for it on my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Bedouine announced her sophomore album, Bird Songs of a Killjoy.

Bedouine is Azniv Korkejian, who released a spectacular self-titled debut in 2017. Her sound is a bit of a throwback to '70s folk which, for me, evokes a bit of Linda Perhacs and Joni Mitchell. She released a song and video, "When You're Gone," a few weeks ago before announcing the record, showing that she was not straying far from the sound of her first album.

The follow-up was announced on Thursday along with a second single, "Bird."

Bird Songs of Killjoy will be released on May 31.

Also announced this week:

Angelique Kidjo - Celia (April 19)
Broken Social Scene - Let’s Try the After - Vol 2 (April 12)
Calexico/Iron & Wine - Years to Burn (June 14)
Cate Le Bon - Reward (May 24)
Editors - The Blanck Mass Sessions (May 3)
Flume - Hi This Is Flume (out now)
Hanna: Season 1 - Music from the Amazon Original Series (out now)
Interpol - A Fine Mess (May 17)
Jane Weaver - Loops in the Secret Society (June 21)
Jenn Grant - Love, Inevitable (May 31)
Josephine Wiggs - We Fall (May 17)
Kelsey Lu - Blood (April 19)
Kevin Richard Martin - Sirens (June 7)
Lust for Youth - Lust for Youth (June 7)
Mavis Staples - We Get By (May 10)
Nico Segal - Intellexual (April 12)
Phil Cook - As Far As I Can See (out now)
P!nk - Hurts 2B Human (April 26)
Renata Zeiguer - Faraway Business (April 12)
Rhiannon Giddens - There Is No Other (May 3)
Sarah Davachi - Pale Bloom (May 31)
Tallest Man on Earth - I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream (April 19)

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending March 16, 2019)

Australia's Triple J radio station has a great series called Like a Version, in which artists of many different genres covers songs by other artists, also of various genres. The results are almost always interesting, and most recently, they welcomed Pond to cover Madonna's "Ray of Light." The track sounds right at home with Pond's psychedelic, spaced-out sound. The station has released albums of the cover songs in the past; I'm looking forward to a follow-up that includes this one. If that happens, look for it on my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, The National announced their 8th album, I Am Easy to Find.

The always excellent Cincinnati band have been indie rock mainstays for over a decade. They've been one of my favorites since I was introduced to them in college by a friend, and I generally end up with their albums on my year-end favorites list. Their last release, 2017's Sleep Well Beast, was no different.

They announced the follow-up along with the first single, "Had Your Soul with You," and a trailer featuring actress Alicia Vikander (who also appears on the album cover).

I Am Easy to Find is set for release on May 17 and, yes, I have already pre-ordered it!

Also announced recently:

Baroness - Gold & Grey (June 14)
Billie Marten - Feeding Seahorses By Hand (April 26)
Black Mountain - Destroyer (May 24)
Carla dal Forno - “So Much Better”/“Fever Walk” (April 19)
Clinic - Wheeltappers and Shunters (May 10)
Dessner-Labèque - El Chan (April 5)
Greys - Age Hasn’t Spoiled You (May 10)
The Head and the Heart - Living Mirage (May 17)
Holly Herndon - PROTO (May 10)
J-E-T-S - ZOOSPA (May 24)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Fishing for Fishies (April 26)
Kishi Bashi - Omoiyari (May 31)
Local Natives - Violet Street (April 26)
Mac DeMarco - Here Comes the Cowboy (May 10)
Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky - Droneflower (April 26)
Nick Murphy - Run Fast Sleep Naked (April 26)
Pip Blom - Boat (May 31)
Protomartyr - No Passion All Technique Reissue (May 3)
Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith - The Peyote Dance (May 31)
Stef Chura - Midnight (June 7)
Zacari - Run Wild Run Free (out now)